Cycle North Carolina Comes to Banner Elk
Cycle North Carolina is a six day event that crosses the state of North Carolina. The ride brings out over 1000 cyclist to take on the challenge and support amateur sports of North Carolina. This year the organization picked Banner Elk for the start. The college campus of Lees-McRae was chosen as the host site for the beginning of the ride.
Friday afternoon riders started coming in to enjoy the mountains and get a chance to ride some of the famous roads of the area. The Lees-McRae cycling team agreed to lead rides around the area to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the visiting cyclist. Saturday saw a large influx of cyclist to the area. They rode up Beech Mountain, up and over Hickory Nut Gap road. The cycling team also took out a couple of groups around to the Blue Ridge Parkway to show off some of the prettiest scenery any where in the country.
Over 1000 cyclist came into the Banner Elk area with the majority staying in tents on one of the sports fields. Sunday morning brought light rain as the cyclist started out across the state. To try and ensure a safe environment for the cyclist, the Lees-McRae cycling team led the cyclist out of Banner Elk and down hwy 194 to Valle Crucis. They also stayed with the group up 105 to Boone. There they clapped and cheered the riders along as they made their way into Boone. The Lees-McRae cycling team was excited for the chance to help out and look forward to an opportunity in future years to do the same.